Bullet Records Blues

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Bullet Records was one of the most successful independent record labels in the immediate post-World War II era. Founded in 1945 in Nashville by Jim Bulliet, Wally Fowler, and C.V. Hitchcock, the imprint had an initial plan to release records across a broad range of styles that included pop, gospel, county, R&B, and blues, but by the time Bulliet departed the label in 1948, the company's releases were largely for the country then called hillbilly and blues markets only. Bulliet was replaced by Overton Ganong in 1949, who stayed around just long enough to hand the reins over to W.C. "Red" Wortham a year or so later. By 1952 Bullet Records was dead in the water, which ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Bullet Records was one of the most successful independent record labels in the immediate post-World War II era. Founded in 1945 in Nashville by Jim Bulliet, Wally Fowler, and C.V. Hitchcock, the imprint had an initial plan to release records across a broad range of styles that included pop, gospel, county, R&B, and blues, but by the time Bulliet departed the label in 1948, the company's releases were largely for the country then called hillbilly and blues markets only. Bulliet was replaced by Overton Ganong in 1949, who stayed around just long enough to hand the reins over to W.C. "Red" Wortham a year or so later. By 1952 Bullet Records was dead in the water, which certainly wasn't Wortham's doing, since he had essentially inherited a sinking ship. Wortham and Bulliet revived the label toward the end of the decade, and when Bulliet again backed out, Wortham steered things through into the 1970s, by which time Bullet had descended to being a custom label for hire putting out anything anyone would pay to have released. This set features 25 Nashville-flavored blues sides from Bullet's late-'40s and early-'50s run. Much of the label's catalog the masters were kept on aluminum discs -- tape was not yet the dominant recording medium at the time was foolishly discarded or sold as scrap, so what's here is here by fortune. As a rule, Bullet's blues stuff was on the light side, often piano-based, with a touch of jazz tossed in, and wasn't gritty so much as brightly weary. Highlights here include St. Louis Jimmy's "Going Down Slow" from 1947, Roosevelt Sykes' jazzy and impressive "Candy Man Blues" recorded in Chicago by Lester Melrose from 1949, Walter Davis' bouncy "I Just Can't Help It" featuring a young Henry Townsend on guitar, also from 1949, and Little Eddie's woozy and New Orleans-drenched "Darling You Know I Love You" from 1952, complete with barely in tune horns that add a delightfully uneasy edge to things. Nothing in this collection is too startling, and its appeal is probably more archival and historical than anything else, but there's a nice, easy breeze blowing through these sides that makes this set well worth hearing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Blue Label
  • UPC: 693723497624
  • Catalog Number: 49762
  • Sales rank: 318,554

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Going Down Slow - St. Louis Jimmy (3:07)
  2. 2 I Ain't Done Nothing Wrong - St. Louis Jimmy (2:46)
  3. 3 My Trouble - St. Louis Jimmy (2:31)
  4. 4 Sittin' and Thinkin' - St. Louis Jimmy (2:45)
  5. 5 Mr. Brown Boogie - St. Louis Jimmy (2:17)
  6. 6 Candy Man Blues - Roosevelt Sykes (2:31)
  7. 7 Why Should I Cry - Roosevelt Sykes (2:25)
  8. 8 Move Back to the Woods - Walter Davis (2:37)
  9. 9 You've Got to Reap What You Sow - Walter Davis (2:51)
  10. 10 Wonder What I'm Doing Wrong - Walter Davis (2:42)
  11. 11 Got to See Her Every Night - Walter Davis (2:34)
  12. 12 So Long Baby - Walter Davis (2:38)
  13. 13 I Just Can't Help It - Walter Davis (2:35)
  14. 14 Hard Times - Smokey Hogg (2:35)
  15. 15 Jivin' Woman - Big Joe Williams (2:46)
  16. 16 She's a Married Woman - Big Joe Williams (2:39)
  17. 17 Miss Martha King - B.B. King (2:41)
  18. 18 When Your Baby Packs Up and Goes - B.B. King (2:27)
  19. 19 Evil Man Blues - Rudy Greene (2:40)
  20. 20 No Good Woman Blues - Rudy Greene (2:47)
  21. 21 Florida Blues - Rudy Greene (2:39)
  22. 22 My Baby Left Me - Little Eddie (2:18)
  23. 23 Darling You Know I Love You - Little Eddie (2:14)
  24. 24 Why Don't You Let Me Be - J.D. Horton (2:24)
  25. 25 Cadillac Blues - J.D. Horton (2:35)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Fred James Liner Notes
Roger Lomas Mastering
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